2014 California Wellness Plan

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently released the California Wellness Plan 2014. The Plan is the result of a statewide process led by CDPH to develop a roadmap with partners in order to create communities in which people can be healthy, improve the quality of clinical and community care, increase access to usable health information, assure continued public health capacity to achieve health equity, and empower communities to create healthier environments.

The overarching goal of the plan is equity in health and wellbeing with an emphasis on elimination of preventable chronic disease.  One of four strategies is prevention sustainability and capacity.

Here are some of their objectives outlined in the plan related to prevention and early intervention:

  • By 2018, decrease the percentage of adults ages 18 years and older who reported that they engaged in binge drinking during the past 30 days
  • By 2018, increase the percentage of adults screened for alcohol misuse and provide brief counseling
  • By 2018, increase policies and protocols used to screen for mental illness
  • By 2022, decrease the percentage of adolescents (12-17 years) and adults (18+) who experience a major depressive episode from 8 to 7 percent and 6 to 5 percent, respectively

You can view the document at http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/cdcb/Documents/CDPH-CAWellnessPlan2014%20(Agency%20Approved).FINAL.2-27-14(Protected).pdf

You can also view the California Department of Public Health’s 2014 California Wellness Plan page at http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/cdcb/Pages/CAWellnessPlan.aspx